Common Chicago penguin pair to star in youngsters’s e-book

An undated illustration from the upcoming youngsters’s e-book “A Penguin Journey”, based mostly on the real-life discipline journeys of Rockhopper penguins Edward and Annie at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium that went viral in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shedd Aquarium/Handout by way of REUTERS

CHICAGO: There are new tour guides on the town on the Chicago Shedd Aquarium, and they’re about to star in a youngsters’s e-book.

A video of an inseparable pair of penguins, affectionately often known as “Edward and Annie” went viral as they explored the aquatic world of sea animals on the aquarium within the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The companions rapidly rose to celeb standing. With the aquarium closed to guests, the empty halls had been an journey awaiting the waddling duo to go to a few of their fellow inhabitants.

“They go on discipline journeys, and we take them throughout the aquarium which spurred their stardom being out and about in the course of the pandemic,” stated Megan Vens-Policky, an animal caretaker.

The wandering birds introduced a silver lining to their digital viewers throughout quarantines and a cycle of lockdowns. Trainers have stated that the birds’ freedom to roam has been helpful to their very own welfare, too.

They’ve even visited one other Chicago celeb: Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on the close by Discipline Museum.

Evidently, Edward and Annie’s notoriety has solely simply begun. A e-book titled “Edward and Annie: A Penguin Journey” is slated to hit cabinets subsequent month.

“It wasn’t on my thoughts that it needs to be a youngsters’s e-book — but it surely introduced a lot pleasure to me, my household and so many individuals that I believed it made since to go that route,” stated Caryn Rivadeneira, the writer.

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The birds will probably be central characters of the e-book because it highlights the challenges and enjoyable when embarking on new adventures.

“The e-book talks about how new issues which can be totally different is usually a little scary, however thrilling on the identical time. I hope that our readers can take that to coronary heart and faucet into that sense of journey,” Vens-Policky stated.

The e-book will go on sale March 1. A portion of proceeds will profit the penguins on the Shedd Aquarium, and conservations for penguins within the wild.